By Joel Huerto
OneManFastBreak.net

For the past 35 years, the New Jersey Nets have been the laughing stock of the NBA. It may sound too harsh, but it’s cold hard fact. The Nets are the Clippers of the East (we're talking about the pre-Blake Griffin era). The history of the Nets franchise is about as ridiculous as the last two seasons of "Jersey Shore." Absolutely nothing funny about it.

The team's official scorer Herb Turetzky summed it up best in a well-written piece by The Associated Press writer Tom Canavan.

"If there is one word that describes this team's time in New Jersey, it's misfortune," Turetzky told AP. He will work his 1,177 consecutive home game on Monday. "Every time we seemed to be building something to get up to respectability some crisis came up."

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Last fall, when Donovan McNabb was cut by the Minnesota Vikings, I wrote an article urging him to leave the game for good. I said, in essence, that the longer he stays in the spotlight, the harder it will be for him to make the Hall of Fame. I used his numbers to show that his credentials might be worthy of Canton, but that attempting to prolong his career would only hurt his candidacy.

Although he wisely walked away from the game, McNabb is still finding ways to damage his legacy.

He is doing this by constantly making himself the story. He recently started appearing on ESPN's family of networks, joining their star-studded cast of former player-turn-analysts. In an appearance on First Take, McNabb wasted no time in turning a story about Robert Griffin III into a story about McNabb. McNabb claimed Robert Griffin III would not succeed in Washington because the Shanahans would limit him much like they supposedly limited McNabb in his stint there. Although he tried to remain as separated from the issue as possible, his bitterness was evident when he used the words "ego" and saying, "I was misused. Absolutely."

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Maybe he wasn't thrilled with missing the cut at the tournament he twice won in 1994 and 1999. Or maybe he just felt like he had a good feel for the roads around Augusta. Whatever the reason, Jose Maria Olazabal was hauling tail in his Mercedes, going 97 in a 65 near the South Carolina border on his way to his next tournament.

Olazabal was pulled over by a Georgia sheriff's deputy Monday on his way to Hilton Head, S.C., for the Heritage tournament, and the fine he was saddled with was impressive. The final damage came out to a whopping $621 in penalties. And he even got to pose for this lovely mugshot.

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By Joel Huerto
OneManFastBreak.net

There are five high school All-Americans who have yet to decide on which college to attend in the fall, and one of them is Shabazz Muhammad.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman was named the MVP of the 35th annual McDonald's High School All-American Game in Chicago, scoring a game-high 21 points in leading his West team to a 106-102 victory. He was easily the best player on the court, and his good friend Kyle Anderson (who is headed to UCLA) was the only player close enough to challenge that claim.

Muhammad put on a show for his three college suitors: Duke, Kentucky and UCLA. He displayed a skill level that is already tailor-made for the NBA and his approach was very business-like. He recently put on an impressive show at the Nike Hoop Summit in Oregon, and one NBA scout said "he's the only one who can play in the NBA tomorrow."

Muhammad will make his decision on April 11, a day that could alter the balance of power in the 2012-13 college basketball season.

Muhammad is the No. 1 rated high school senior by almost all of the prominent recruiting services, with the exception of ESPN. The Worldwide Leader inexplicably has center Noel Nerlens of Everett, Mass. as the top college prospect. Why? Not quite sure, especially after watching Muhammad clearly distance himself from the field with his performance at the McDonald's game. Not too long ago the Worldwide Leader had Xavier Henry as the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Where is Henry now? He's currently struggling to keep a job in the NBA. We'll forgive the Worldwide Leader for putting Muhammad at No. 2 ... for now.

The three schools on Muhammad's wish list are three of the most storied programs in the nation. Under John Calipari, Kentucky has become a landing spot for blue chippers looking to rent space for seven months until they become draft eligible. Duke is in the running because, let's face it, it has living legend Mike Krzyzewski. How can you say "no" when Coach K calls your cell! And then there is UCLA headed by a coach who badly needs a hug after a recent Sports Illustrated article painted his program as an out-of-control institution.

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The article "South Dakota State Coach Scott Nagy Forces Wife To Choose Him Over Two Sons," written by Ben Maller last month, misrepresents and misinterprets the character of coach Nagy.

The situation was that South Dakota State was playing in the NCAA tournament on the same day Nagy's sons were competing in the state tournament.

The problem in the article may have been a lack of context, which this story aims to provide.

The first conflict occurs with this line: "Nick, a senior, might be taking part in his final high school game."

In South Dakota, all teams in the state tournament play three games, regardless of the outcomes: One Thursday, one Friday and one Saturday. Therefore, Nick Nagy's final game could not have been on Thursday, which was the same night South Dakota State played in the NCAA tournament. Nick's final game was always going to be Saturday, which Coach Nagy and his wife both attended.

The second conflict occurs with this line: "But her husband made the call."

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